About a year ago, my counselor (and sounding board) told me that I should work for FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency. I function well under pressure - in fact, I think I thrive on it! I am a great organizer and I've always been good at getting other people to do what needs to be done.
I didn't do anything with that suggestion at that time.
This morning as I was watching movies, one was about being a "Crisis Manager". Immediately I saw the connection - and got to thinking (which I guess is the purpose of such connections).
I was anxious to get back to work after 3 weeks off. Do I love my job? No, but I don't hate it either. Being a lab tech is something I could do with my eyes closed in a coma ;-) IT DOESN'T CHALLENGE ME in the least. Last night we had a "Code Yellow" - a nursing home fire with a possible 50 patients coming to the ER. I was hopeful that we would have the opportunity to feel "active" - but it turned out to be far less serious and we had no excitement. This job has challenged me in the past - when I worked in a hospital with a Level 2 Trauma Center. That was exciting and challenging, although futile at times.
But would that be something I'd like to go back to? NO. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. I would be bored senseless now.
Tonite when I got to work I started doing research into jobs with FEMA. In between doing actual work,that is. I'm working with a tech who just switched to night shift from 2nd shift. I was showing her how to do a few things and she said, "your talent is wasted here, you know that?".
She did not know that I had been researching jobs with FEMA. But when she said this - it didn't surprise me - just more reinforcement that I should be doing something that challenges me.
I would have to move most likely to Washington, D.C. if I did get a job. There are a few Crisis Management positions open there.
What to do?